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Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa, 8-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)

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Special Dark
  • Perfect for baking and beverage-making
  • Cocoa powder made with 100% cacao
  • Hershey's rich, milder-flavored dark chocolate
  • A gluten-free and kosher cocoa powder
  • Includes 6 cans of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa (8-Ounce cans)
  • Adds rich chocolate flavor
  • Intensify and enrich your desserts
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Ingredients
Cocoa, Cocoa Processed With Alkali.

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Product Description

Flavor: Special Dark

Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa, 8-Ounce Cans

Mildly sweet, perfectly balanced, and overly delicious, Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa is a versatile pantry staple. Savor it in delicious dark chocolate hot cocoa, as a mocha accent in your morning coffee, or in bold baked goods and desserts.

Hersheys Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa, 8-Ounce Cans
Take Hot Chocolate to the Dark Side

Create a more savory cup of hot chocolate by using Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa in place of Hershey’s Cocoa.

Make Morning Joe More Delicious

Wake up your usual morning cup of coffee by mixing in this gluten-free chocolate cocoa powder!

Bake Decadent Desserts

Make desserts taste even more decadent by using this bold, dark chocolate cocoa.

The Hershey Legacy
The Hershey Legacy

The story of Hershey’s Chocolate begins with Milton S. Hershey. Raised as a poor farm boy, Hershey became fascinated with chocolate-making at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Hershey founded the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894, and built the world’s largest chocolate factory in 1903. He then created the industrial town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, where workers enjoyed comfortable homes, inexpensive public transport, and quality public schools. In 1909, Hershey and his wife established a school for orphan boys. Hershey eventually endowed the bulk of his wealth to this school, including ownership of the Hershey Chocolate Company. For more than a century, the Milton Hershey School has enriched the lives of countless children in need. The town of Hershey, Pennsylvania has provided employment, recreation, and culture. And The Hershey Company has brought smiles to people around the world.

Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Recipe
Warm up with this distinctively rich hot cocoa recipe.
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Recipe

1. Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in large mug. 2. Heat milk in microwave at high (100%) for one to one-and-a-half minutes or until hot. 3. Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. 3. Stir in vanilla. Makes one serving.


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Product Details

Flavor: Special Dark
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.5 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EQ4SHK
  • UPC: 034000053001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Customer Reviews

I use the Special Dark cocoa in recipes and hot chocolate, and we love the full, dark, rich flavor.
Sharon Fannin
I have not been able to find this in our grocery store and I think its great that I can get it in the mail.
Karen Williams
I use it in absolutely everything cakes, brownies, candy... It makes the BEST Mexican Hot Chocolate.
carrie cusack

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By P. Richardson on January 29, 2006
Flavor Name: Special Dark
This product is a shoddy replacement for their European Dutch-Processed cocoa (in the silver container) which I used exclusively with fantastic results. I was mortified when they discontinued it. At first I was glad to see they put out another Dutch-processed cocoa. What a letdown. This product is over-processed (they used too much alkali), is bitter and is headed for the trash. What was Hershey's thinking? They had a wonderful product that they discontinued and replaced with a lousy product. I will now only use Peet's Dutch-Processed Cocoa or Callebaut.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Alter on August 31, 2008
Flavor Name: Special Dark
Although this cocoa is called Special Dark, it isn't the same Special Dark cocoa of a few years ago. The previous Special Dark was 100% Dutched Cocoa, while the current Special Dark is a blend of Dutched and Natural Cocoas, so it isn't as dark or as strong as the previous one. It is very good and has a pleasant fruity taste as compared to the more bitter and richer cocoa taste of its predecessor. Initially I preferred the previous Special Dark, but am getting used to the new blend. The price is very good.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By My Lisa on July 5, 2008
Flavor Name: Special Dark
I make some pretty killer brownies, that always draw requests for the recipe whenever I make them. A little while back I tried making them with Hershey's Special Dark cocoa and it really pushed my brownies to a decadent level. Ever since I finished my last container, I've been scouring the local groceries in search of some more, and had just about giving up on ever finding it again. What a surprise to find it on Amazon--I'm thrilled!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L. Schuetz on January 3, 2006
Flavor Name: Special Dark
This is Hershey's "new" version of what they called "European Style Dutch Processed Cocoa," which was in a silver, white and red box. They updated the ESDP Cocoa to European Style Dutch Processed Cocoa -- Special Dark.

I used to buy the old version (silver box) by the case. We LOVED it. It made the BEST hot cocoa, mousse and icings. It was rich, smooth and had a wonderful chocolate flavor. (The only way I can describe the difference is the old version was more like devil's food cake than dark chocolate cake.) I called Hershey's this Christmas (2005) to see if I could order another case. I was told they don't make it anymore, the updated version is the special dark.

I bought the special dark and tried it in several recipes. Even my kids didn't like the hot cocoa with the new Hersheys. The special dark is too dark -- and I don't really mean bittersweet (which I like.) It's not as rich as the old version and seems a little bland. I don't know what Hersheys did, but I'll be going to another cocoa. At one time I had a large tin of Guittard, which I will probably go back to.

Lark
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Maria on May 3, 2006
Flavor Name: Special Dark
I used to buy the old version (silver box). My whole family loved it. It was the best affordable European Style cocoa powder on the market. I used it for everything, from hot cocoa, brownies and birthday cake fillings to chocolate mousse and truffles. It was rich, smooth and had a wonderful chocolate flavor. It was great!!!

This year, before Easter, I run out of cocoa. I went to different stores trying to find my favorite cocoa - Hershey's European Style. I couldn't find it! I called Hershey's to see if I could order some and I was told they don't make it anymore, the updated version is the special dark. I bought it but I promise not to make this mistake ever again! It is black, without any flavor, and very unpleasant. If this is Hershey's specialists idea of "European Style - Dutch Processed Cocoa" they are wrong! Maybe they need a trip to Holland to drink some good dark cocoa and attend some training!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BetterWays on July 10, 2010
Flavor Name: Special Dark Verified Purchase
I've been drinking this for several years and just looked on Amazon because lately it's not available in any of my supermarkets. It's value is that it is half natural cocoa which is extremely high in antioxidents and half dutch processed which dissolves and blends well. I can just stir in a teaspoon full into plain hot water for a healthy, delicious bitter cocoa drink. Way better than coffee.

The only things that could make it any better is being organic and from fair trade sources.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R C Sims on June 26, 2006
Flavor Name: Special Dark
I love this Special Dark cocoa for BAKING, but NOT for hot chocolate. I have always kept regular Hershey's cocoa powder in my pantry; however, I used Hershey's European Dutch Processed cocoa (silver can) for hot chocolate. It makes a much smoother and creamier drink. When I saw the Special Dark chocolate on the store shelf, I decided to buy it IN ADDITION to the one in the silver can because I love dark chocolate (the darker the better). I used it to bake a cake and frosting for a family gathering. The cake & frosting was black, but was so delicious and moist. My family loved it, even though we all joked that we had never seen a black cake. In fact, a nephew who never eats cake ate three pieces! When I went back to replenish my cocoa in the silver can for my nightly hot chocolate, the store said that it was no longer available and that the special dark cocoa had taken its place, using the same bar code. They are nothing alike, and I used them both for different things. I started mixing regular cocoa with special dark cocoa to make hot chocolate. It was better than using just regular cocoa alone, but not as good as the cocoa in the silver can. Later, when I went back to the store to replenish my special dark cocoa, that was no longer available as well. All that I seem to be able to get is the original regular cocoa. I'm so upset. I don't know why Hershey's can't have all three. Each one was good for different things. I even called Hershey's, only to get a weak, noncommital excuse with no solution. I noticed that only the original regular cocoa appears on Hershey's website now.

I am now going to try to find other brands at other stores and/or will order my cocoa online.
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